SATURDAY, SEPT. 24 2016: South Sound events + craft beer and cider …
Broadway Center + Pint Defiance = bridge over two beer styles
The Valley + Narrows Brewing Co. = Oktoberglam
Doyle’s Public House + Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. = party people
Olympia Film Society + Oly Taproom = Fresh
Rhythm & Rye + Fish Brewing Co. = Rocktoberfest
Tacoma Moon Festival + Cider Swig = family friendly
Poor Art Garfunkel. He gets made fun of an awful lot. Paul Simon was the more assertive half of their old duo, singing lead and playing guitar while Art contributed the occasional mournful high tenor harmony. But Art should take pride in the fact that Robert Lanham’s Hipster’s Handbook (Anchor) includes a chart titled “Aging Hipsters: Who Is Still Deck?” (“Deck,” for the hip-impaired, is “a key word for most hipsters, similar in meaning to the antiquated ‘fresh.'”) Art Garfunkel is “deck.” Paul Simon is not. So when Artie strides onto the Pantages Theater stage at 7:30 tonight with his stories, poetry and signature vocals don’t be surprised to see a cocksure swagger in his lanky frame.
PREFUNK: He struts down Pint Defiance’s long cooler headed east with headphones blasting “Stayin’ Alive” uttering loudly “Mmmmm, fresh hops!” as he sips an IPA. She sashays west along the cooler with headphone pounding “Hot Stuff” articulating loudly “Mmmmm, spicy malt goodness!” as she sips a Märzen. They crash into each other midway. “Hey! You got your Fresh Hop IPA in my Märzen!” she claims perturbed. “You got your Märzen in my Fresh Hop! he shoots back. They gaze into each other’s eyes and, in unison, say “Delicious.” That’s when Pint Defiance owner Barry Watson steps in between the two new lovers and announces, “Two greats tastes that taste great together. Welcome to my Oktober-Fresh harvest celebration kids. We have plenty of Fresh Hop, Fest, and German-style brews on tap from breweries such as Breakside, Fort George, Stoup and many others from 3-11 p.m.” Just then Watson’s wife and business partner, Renee, steps in and, with a laugh in her voice, says “And, of course, we will be raffling off some awesome beer schwag from our brewery friends.” The two new lovers smile and walk toward a table with one hand holding their pints and the other in each other’s back pockets. Barry and Renee burst with smiles.
PROPHETS OF ADDICTION
The best thing about Prophets of Addiction is the thought of enjoying unabashed party rock minus the guilt associated with listening to, say, Bon Jovi. The Seattle metal, mascara and musical mayhem band’s promo photo leaves little doubt about the band’s allegiance to glam acts like New York Dolls and Hanoi Rocks — mastering a glam/sleaze/punk dumping hustling guitars and swaggering drums into a big pile of heaviness. Catch the band with Baby and the Nobodies and The F-Holes at 8 p.m. in The Valley.
PREFUNK: Oktoberfest is a yearly reminder that fall is once again with us, and that it’s OK to eat hot bratwurst and drink cold beer in funny leather shorts. If historical precedence is your cup of tea, you’ll be happy to know that the Germans have been indulging in Oktoberfest for almost 200 years now, and Narrows Brewing Company will be hosting it from noon to 11 p.m. That’s right Dirndlheads, the Tacoma brewery on the water will pour eight Oktoberfest-style beers, including their own Oktober Ale all day and night, in 20-ounce mugs, with Oktoberfest beer flights, pretzels, wieners and beer checkers all part of the fun.
CECIL MOSES & THE SGS
They say funk and soul music can save your soul. Witness truth when Cecil Moses & the SGs lead you through a funkadellic journey at 10 p.m. in Doyle’s Public House. Inspired by groups such as the Meters, Booker T & the MGs, New Master Sounds, and Poets of Rhythm, this quartet of Seattle music scene veterans are pumped and primed and ready to get-up-to-get-down as your funky savior from the moment the house lights dim.
PREFUNK: Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. will unleash its barrel-aged brews during the brewery’s 2nd Annual Anniversary Party from noon to midnight. Bourbon Barrel Aged Tacomatose Barleywine, Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk Stout, Tequila Oak Aged Vienna Lager joins a long list of Pacific party beers, including Anomole Porter, Alpine Belle Pilsner, Wild Berry Kettle Sour, Peanut Butter Stout on Nitro and Hollow Sidewalk English Pale Ale. Their flagships, all wearing a reference to the original Pacific Brewing on their labels, will also be on tapped. Sotaria, The Dain Norman Band and DJ Dodo supply the soundtrack. The beer garden will be full of smiles, if not from the beer then from the 15% discount on all merchandise. Brew Dog will offer gourmet beer brats, Polish sausage, beef and veggie dogs. It will be an all-ages affair with prizes and giveaways, too.
Despite the preponderance of sequins, plumage, pasties and tease, we are a good six or seven decades removed from the prime days of burly-q. But it’s a testament to the heady power of the neo-burlesque that the TUSH! women could almost make you believe. … Well, hold onto your hats, boys and girls. In a refreshing response to the in-your-face sexuality of the modern age, Olympia’s TUSH! Burlesque is ready shimmy-and-shake at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater. Special guest Luminous Pariah from Seattle will join Ms. Hattie Hotpants and the girls for a spectacular spectacle of electric entertainment.
PREFUNK: Seasonal craft beers come and go — heavy stouts in winter, lighter ales in summer, the occasionally dreaded pumpkin beer right now. But there’s one genre of beer that we, as Washingtonians, can claim as truly our own: The fresh-hop beer, the dank and bitter friend of any true craft fan. The Oly Taproom hosts its 2nd Annual Fest Hop event from noon to 9 p.m. All 14 of its taps will be dedicated to its love affair with fresh hop beers: IPAs, Pales, Reds, ESBs and Ciders. Expect fresh hop prizes too.
ROCK AND ROLL NIGHT
It’s been a long time since Rhythm & Rye rock and rolled,
It’s been a long time since the downtown Olympia club did the Stroll.
Ooh, let Dancehall Queen get it back, let Soggy Creep get it back,
Let Grizzly Punch get it back, baby, where C Average comes from.
It’s been a long time, been a long time,
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has. 8 p.m.
PREFUNK: There’s a difference between seeing stuff at Fish Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest — steins, dirndls, lederhosen — and actually experiencing the downtown Olympia brewery’s Oktoberfest. If you brave the packed brewery and fully embrace Leavenworth Oktoberfest Ale and special release beers St. Augustine IPA and Barrel Aged Winterfish Imperial IPA, funk soul band The Brown Edition and all the gemütlichkeit from 4-10 p.m., there are a few of things that, inevitably, will happen there. In at least one photo, a giant beer will block your face. You will drink with strangers who you SWEAR you’ll totally call and hang out with again! (And then don’t.) And when The Brown Edition starts thumping, you’ll go from the Der Deutsche dance to Der Dirty Dancing. Entry includes a commemorative mug and three 14-ounce pours from your choice of beer or cider (wine is also available in smaller portions).
TACOMA MOON FESTIVAL
The Moon Festival is a popular Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness dating back over 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty. This family-friendly celebration will bring together businesses, residents, community groups and visitors from all areas of Pierce County and beyond for a safe, fun, cultural experience from 2-6 p.m. in Chinese Reconciliation Park. The 4th Annual Tacoma Moon Festival will feature hands-on activities for all ages plus four Tacoma-area performances from East Asian cultures that traditionally celebrate Moon Festivals in September, plus a performance of Beijing Opera by Seattle’s Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club.
PREFUNK: For some, the word cider brings up unfortunate memories of an over-sweetened, candy-colored liquid in a gallon bottle: a poorly informed underage decision that almost always resulted in a date with the porcelain throne. For the third year, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation takes that reputation and turns it on its head with Cider Swig — two dozen cideries pouring handcrafted, locally sourced cider from noon to 5 p.m. on Sehmel Homestead Park’s giant grass field. In addition to 80-plus hard ciders, expect live music, giant pumpkin slingshot, play area for the kids and local food trucks.